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New global systems mobile network

By: System Author     16th July 1999 TELECOM solutions provider Ericsson has reached an agreement with mobile operator MTN to supply the world’s first global systems mobile (GSM) Pro network in South Africa. This will make MTN the first mobile operator in the world to add dispatch and group communication capabilities to its... 

Regulations hamper satellite service

By: System Author     16th July 1999 POTENTIAL satellite users in South Africa cannot take advantage of a specially-reduced phone service from Iridium because the company’s local partner, Iridium Africa, has yet to be granted a licence by the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Satra). The international... 

Ringing in the changes of Y2k compliance

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Acontract worth sev- eral million rands to ensure Year 2000 compliance for telecommunications provider Telkom is progressing well. The contract, subcontracted by Siemens to engineering software developer TLC Software, of Johannesburg, involves an engineering management system, client server... 

SA companies fail to compute A&C benefits

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Can you provide us with a succinct definition of A&C? Automation is an enabling technology. Computerisation refers to the computer hardware and software infrastructure required to automate a process or manufacturing operation. Control of the manufacture of a product through its successive stages... 

Latest advances in automation and drives

By: System Author     9th July 1999 At the Hanover Fair this year Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) group president Dr Klaus Wucherer delivered an excellent overview of the latest achievements in the field of automation and drives. He started with a brief look at the A&D group. The last financial year was the first in which the... 

Is there an engineer available in the house?

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Martin Gottlieb is an engineer. He is also president of the American Institute of Engineers, and he currently has a mission. He is looking for a new name for ‘engineer’. Actually he is looking for a synonym. Gottlieb says doctors can be called physicians, lawyers can be called... 

Mobile phone network No 2 for Malawi

By: System Author     9th July 1999 THE contract to supply the equipment for the first-phase development of the second global systems mobile (GSM) network to be established in Malawi has been awarded to Siemens Carrier Solutions, a division of Siemens Information and Communication Networks (ICN). The contract for this initial phase... 

R3,5m Swazi telecom contract

By: System Author     9th July 1999 An order exceeding R3,5-million from the Swaziland Post and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) for the delivery and installation of an interactive voice responder platform system has been awarded to Alcatel Altech Telecoms. The system, to be installed in Mbabane, will initially provide a voice... 

Centre of excellence launched in Gauteng

By: System Author     9th July 1999 RESEARCH and development in telecom has been boosted by the launch of a Telkom and Siemens-funded centre of excellence (CoE) at Technikon South Africa. The launch marks the extension of the already-existing University of the Witwatersrand CoE to Technikon South Africa, which will enable... 

Undersea cable to link the world

By: System Author     9th July 1999 TELECOM utility Telkom has formalised its partnership with 40 nations in an undersea cable project aimed at linking Africa to Europe and Asia through telecoms. In a statement, Telkom said that this partnership will provide a telecom channel catering for Africa’s international connectivity... 

Canadians add extra byte

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A bilateral projectvalued at C$3,5-million over three years is being realised between the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Canadian government through the Canadian International Development Agency (Cida) to study and develop the South African information technology (IT) industry.... 

Computer model used

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Developments in the field of three-dimensional (3D) computer-aided modelling show remarkable results in the development of the structural design of the R3-billion Melrose Arch project, reports Lillicrap Crutchfield design engineer Con Strydom. The consulting civil and structural engineering... 

IT joint ventures sought

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The Gauteng Economic Development Agency (GEDA) is seeking joint venture partners in the information technology (IT) industry following requests from a number of Indian companies. One Indian company (Project 1), which has operations worldwide and a proven record in software development, e-commerce... 

Funds shortage hinders telecom competition

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Satra) does not have the resources in its R64-million budget to begin the process of setting up the framework for a competitive domestic telecommunications environment. Industry observers believe that, unless such a framework is worked... 

Authority issues warning to cell operators

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 The head of the South African Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Satra) has issued a stern warning to the two cellular incumbents, MTN and Vodacom, not to behave in a manner that could be construed as anti-competitive once a third operator is licenced. In an interview with Engineering News,... 

New phone moves from the ears to the eyes

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Cellular technology has taken the first step in moving from the ears to the eyes with the launch of what is reportedly the world’s first media mobile phone by cellular giant Nokia. Due to be launched locally in September this year, the Nokia 7110 dual-band phone is the first wireless... 

Control buoy only second of its kind

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A special unmanned control buoy, which is at the cutting edge of technology and only the second of its kind in the world, will be the only visible sign of EM gasfield activity once the development of the field has been completed. The bright yellow buoy, currently under construction by J Ray... 

Towards third-generation mobile phones

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 NINE global leaders in wireless communications have announced the formation of a new focus group to promote an Internet protocol (IP)-based wireless system for third-generation mobile communications technology. The group, called 3G.IP, consists of BT, AT&T Wireless Services, Rogers Cantel,... 

Transformation at satellite group

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Earlier this month Intelsat director-general and CEO Conny Kullman joined other industry executives and policymakers to discuss the future of satellite communications in Africa, at Afcom ’99, the eighth all-Africa tele-communications, information technology and broadcasting conference. The... 

Turn on for computer literacy

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A restructured campus-licensing agreement (CLA) scheme has been established by software giant Microsoft, aimed mainly at augmenting computer literacy among tertiary students – an area which has long been a cause for concern among those in the information technology (IT) sector in South... 

‘Transparent’ factory leads way in virtual technology

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The main focus of Schneider Automation is to build long-term strategic partnerships with its customers, both authorised system integrators (SI) and end-users. Within the realm of a complete turnkey solution in terms of electrical distribution, industrial control and automation, the company... 

IT system rollout in KZN

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOFTWARE company AST Kwazulu-Natal has completed the redevelopment of all the core production application systems for Iscor’s integrated profile products steelworks in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal. The project once more confirms the effectiveness of the successful ‘big-bang’... 

R80-million training acquisition deal

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Networking technology and services group Datatec has announced its intention to acquire the international training arm of the Connection Group, which comprises Training Connection in South Africa and Comtec in the UK. The acquired businesses will become consolidated under Datatec’s IT-IQ... 

Transport dept takes non-core back seat

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Department of Transport is commendably taking a back seat when it comes to non-core functions – it is one of four government departments that have outsourced their motor transport services to Imperial Holdings in a R2-billion contract. The contract is most likely to grow to R3-billion... 

SA fares well in safety stakes – Nosa

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Businesses involved in the global arena usually have a clear understanding of the benefits of, and the need to, manage occupational health and safety and environmental outcomes as part of their overall business strategy. This was the word from National Occupational Safety Association (Nosa) MD... 

Five-year transport operation contract won

By: System Author     25th June 1999 PROFESSIONAL haulier Unitrans Freight has been awarded a five-year transport operation contract by chicken producer Rainbow Chickens. In terms of the contract the company will take over responsibility for vehicles, depots and workshops as part of Rainbow’s outsourcing programme. “The... 

World record steel production achieved

By: System Author     25th June 1999 STAINLESS steel giant Columbus Steel, of Middelburg, has achieved a record production of 5 400 tons of stainless steel in three days. This achievement even exceeds the acceptance criteria of 51 heats in three days for the equipment. The steel melting plant was the first section of the Columbus... 

Do not hide your money under the mattress . . .

By: System Author     18th June 1999 South Africans need not hide their money under the mattress as the new millennium approaches, with most large banking corporations having taken precautions against the year 2000 (Y2K) bug well in advance. This is largely due to the fact that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has taken an... 

Transport sector urged to brake hard for bug

By: System Author     18th June 1999 South Africa’s transport industry should take great care to ensure that computers and systems can handle the year 2000 (Y2K) format, warns Cargo Carriers information technology (IT) director Dawid van Rensburg. The consequences of failure may include delays, lost productivity, spoilt goods,... 

New optical communication centre

By: System Author     18th June 1999 OPTICAL transmission technology leader Marconi Communications is helping to plant the seeds for a new generation of expert personnel and technological innovations in South Africa, with sponsorship of a new centre of cxcellence in optical communications (CoE). Set up by Rand Afrikaans University... 

Mapleton area to ease industrial squeeze

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The Mapleton area, south of Boksburg on the East Rand, could be the answer to the growing saturation of industrial areas such as Jet Park, Hughes Industrial Park and Anderbolt. Boksburg transitional local council (TLC) chief town planner Alriech Bestbier tells Engineering News that at present... 

Total quality model for business urged

By: System Author     18th June 1999 uality of products and services, as well as competi- tiveness, are not determined by a country, but by the companies within the country – multinationals such as vehicle manufacturers have proved this by maintaining a single standard at their operations in First World and Third World... 

‘Business as usual’ for telecom in 2000

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Members of the South African telecom industry have completed a year 2000 (Y2K) tripartite interconnect test, demonstrating that it should be ‘business as usual’ as the world enters the next century. Three telecom companies – Telkom, MTN and Vodacom – have carried out a... 

Y2K bug could threaten automatic billing systems

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Consulting engineers who use telephone-management systems which bill clients automatically for consulting time may find that year 2000 (Y2K) millennium bugs in these systems will render this facility useless come January 1, 2000. However, problems can be avoided if steps are taken to ensure that... 

R188m solar project lights up rural towns

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Twinkling lights, the sound of up-to-the-minute television news broadcasts and lilting radio music are becoming part and parcel of nights in the rolling hills of rural northern Kwazulu-Natal. This follows the launch of a R188-million solar power project that is set to provide power to 60 000... 

Global strategy for chem firms

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A strategy to enable chemical companies to achieve a maximum return on their investment in information technology (IT) has, for more than two years, been consistently worked through and executed by SAP, a developer of enterprise-resource planning (ERP) systems. At present, more than 12 000... 

R2m information technology contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Datacentrix has been awarded a R2-million contract by TolLink to supply various information technology (IT) components for the South African side of the Maputo corridor toll-road system. File servers, personal computers (PCs), printers, network switches and routers have been... 

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